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Who We Are

Hands On Nashville's mission is to meet community needs through volunteerism. Our founding began with one Nashvillian’s desire to find meaningful ways for people to volunteer back in 1991. 

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Hands On Nashville Programs

Our volunteer calendar is filled with opportunities to get involved with our community partners and causes close to home. In addition, Hands On Nashville's programs focus on the following areas.

Collective Volunteerism: A collaborative, neighborhood-focused approach to meeting needs through service. 

Community Partner ProgramHands On Nashville builds capacity for its Community Partners by providing volunteer management strategy, consulting, technology and recruitment.

Corporate Partner ProgramFrom Nashville-based companies to inbound conference groups from across the globe, Hands On Nashville's Corporate Partner Program works to connect community-minded businesses with opportunities to give back. Service opportunities include volunteer placement and custom projects for employee groups.

SustainabilityHands On Nashville's Home Energy Savings, Urban Agriculture and Environmental Restoration programs engage volunteers while promoting sustainability in our community.

Volunteer CatalystAs a partnership between Hands On Nashville, Center for Nonprofit Management and Points of Light, the Volunteer Catalyst uses the Service Enterprise Initiative to build nonprofit capacity and better address community needs through volunteerism. 

Special Events

Each year, HON's signature events - Hands On Nashville Day and the Mary Catherine Strobel Volunteer Awards - engage and recognize volunteers and meaningful service opportunities. Find out more about annual special events.

Thank You

Hands On Nashville expresses sincere gratitude to the generous donors who provide financial and in-kind contributions that enable our agency to connect volunteers to community need. 

Hands On Nashville is a Proud Member of the AmeriCorps National Service Network

AmeriCorps engages more than 75,000 members in intensive service annually to serve through nonprofit, faith-based, and community organizations at 25,000 locations across the country through organizations. These members help communities tackle pressing problems while mobilizing millions of volunteers for the organizations they serve. Since 1994, more than 900,000 Americans have provided more than 1.2 billion hours of service to their communities and country through AmeriCorps. For more information, visit NationalService.gov.

AmeriCorps is a program of the Corporation for National and Community Service, a federal agency that engages more than 5 million Americans in service through its AmeriCorps, Senior Corps, Social Innovation Fund, and Volunteer Generation Fund programs, and leads President Barack Obama's national call to service initiative, United We Serve.

Hands On Nashville is an equal opportunity employer. Hands On Nashville does not discriminate against individuals on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, disability, age, veteran status, ancestry, or national or ethnic origin in the administration of its employment policies.


  • "Innovators In Urban Agriculture - Teaching Youth Category, Third Place" From the International Network for Urban Agriculture (2015)
  • "Academy Partnership of the Year: Engineering, Manufacturing & Industrial Technology" From the Metro Schools Acadamies of Nashville Awards (2015)
  • "Hall of Fame Inductee" From the Mayor's Workplace Challenge (2015)
  • "Gold Level Youth Volunteer Corps Affiliate" From the Youth Volunteer Corps of America (2015)
  • "Good Food Org Guide" From the James Beard Foundation and Food Tank (2014)
  • "Community Service Award" from The Atlantic Institute - Tennessee (2014)
  • “Best Nonprofit Award Second Place” from the Nashville Scene (2014)
  • "Diversified Trust New Generations Award Finalist" from Diversified Trust (2014)
  • "The Piedmont Natural Gas Excellence in Sustainable Practices Award Finalist" from Piedmont Natural Gas (2014)
  • “Best Overall Score – Green, Involved, and Healthy” from the Mayor’s Workplace Challenge (2014)
  • “Gold Level Youth Volunteer Corps Affiliate” from the Youth Volunteer Corps of America (2014)
  • “$100,000 One America Innovation Grant Award” from JP Morgan Chase & Co. in partnership with HandsOn Network (2014)
  • “Most Admired CEO” from the Nashville Business Journal (2014)
  • "Gold Certificates - Involved, Healthy, and Green" from the Mayor's Workplace Challenge (2013)
  • “Best Nonprofit Award Winner” from the Nashville Scene (2013)
  • "CEO of the Year Award Winner" from Bank of America (2013)
  • "Best Chief Marketing Officer Finalist" from Oracle and The Nashville Business Journal (2013)
  • "Gold Certificates - Involved, Healthy, and Green" from the Mayor's Workplace Challenge (2012)
  • “Humana Communities Benefit Winner” from the Humana Foundation (2012)
  • “Innovation in Action Award” from The Frist Foundation (2012)
  • “Best Nonprofit Award Second Place” from the Nashville Scene (2012)
  • “Gold and Silver ADDY Awards” from the American Advertising Federation Nashville (2012) Made possible through a partnership with The Buntin Group.
  • “Gold Pen Award” from the International Association of Business Communicators Nashville (2012) Made possible through a partnership with McNeely Pigott & Fox Public Relations.
  • “Real Food Emerging Leader Award” from Community Food Advocates (2012)
  • “Outstanding Community Service Award”
    from the Southeastern Association of Area Agencies on Aging (2011)
  • “Outstanding Nashvillian of the Year” 
    from the Kiwanis Club of Nashville (2011)
  • “Community Service Award” from the Tennessee Medical Association (2011)
  • “George W. Romney Affiliate Excellence Award”
    from HandsOn Network (2010)
  • “Volunteer of the Year Award”
    from Nashville Downtown Partnership (2010)
  • “Best Nonprofit Award”
    from Nashville Scene (2010)
  • “Community Quarterback Finalist”
    from Tennessee Titans (2010)
  • “Making a Difference Award Finalist” 
    from The Frist Foundation (2010)
  • “Certificate of Recognition” 
    from The Office of Mayor Karl Dean (2010)